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What we are about

The Astronomical Society of New Haven, Inc. is a non-profit, scientific and educational organization which fosters new and continuing interest in amateur astronomy. The general membership meetings are open to the public. To contact any individual listed on these web pages, please address all correspondence to: The Astronomical Society of New Haven, 111 Hilldale Road, Bethany, CT 06524

PUBLIC OUTREACH

ASNH participates in public and private outreach events throughout CT. We support educational programs at schools and museums by providing educational classroom assistance as well as viewing sessions with member scopes or at the observatory. Various private clubs, churches and non-profit organizations ask us to host both private and public viewing parties throughout the year. The society hosts public events throughout the year where the public is encouraged to attend, ask questions and enjoy the breathtaking views and educational experience. Events are listed in the ASNH calendar. Reminders are sent out prior to events.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are critical to the success of the club. Successful events generate donations and new members. Owning a telescope is not a pre-requisite for being a member of the club, or for volunteering at an event. Some of the roles that we need help with are showing folks where to park, moving folks along from one venue to the next and answering questions about the club. The more events you attend the more you learn about the different telescopes and the objects in the sky. The more volunteers at an event the merrier.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

  • Access to Club Scopes. We'll show you how to use them and let you borrow them for your own use.
  • Camaraderie of other Astronomers. We have members who have been with the club for decades as well as other new members like you. We are a fun (and sometimes wacky) bunch who have a great time at all of our events.
  • Discount to CSP. The CT Star Party, hosted by ASNH each year, is the largest (and best) astronomical event in the State of CT each year. With dozens of scopes, astronomers, great speakers, good food and good friends, you cannot miss this event.
  • 10% Discount for subscriptions to Astronomy and Sky and Telescope.
  • Access to Club Library. We have hundreds of books in our library for you to borrow.
  • ASNH Astronomy 101 Class. We had our inaugural class in 2010 with rave reviews from students and instructors alike. Taught by seasoned members of the club, both experienced and newbie members were taught things they didn't know (or had forgotten). Subject matter included telescopes, eyepieces, how to use a sky chart, astronomical terms, and just what are you looking at in the sky. Attendance is encouraged and free to all members of the club.
  • Use of the Bethany Observatory Scopes (after training). We'll show you how to use the scopes and when everyone is comfortable we'll give you access to use the scopes.
  • The opportunity to bring the sciences to students throughout the state. Who knows, we may be responsible for that one kid who becomes the first person to discover life on another planet. Or maybe, they become a lifetime member of the club.
  • Access to Club Meteorites (not for borrowing). ASNH has a meteorite collection that we share with the public at our events. Be a volunteer at our events and help out teaching others about Rocks from Outer Space.
  • Access to the knowledge of the rest of the club. We have members who specialize in astro-photography, radio astronomy, meteorites, telescope making as well as being experts at what is in the night sky. Share your knowledge and learn with the best.

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An article from the Autumn Milford Living Magazine


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